The demolition and reconstruction of the veranda starts this week. Probably this afternoon. It will be a somewhat wider structure. Shouldn't pose a great antenna problem...hopefully.
We were distressed to find mouse droppings in the basement upon our return here. The YL is really upset. I suspect it is because of the glut of new home construction. The critters had open fields to scavenge for a meal. Now, with single family houses sprouting like mushrooms, the fields are no longer there and critters are taking to basements and eating anything they can find.
Really unfortunate in many ways. Not just because of a mouse/mice in the basement.
Just another housing development here now.
This past weekend was a big cw contest event so I stayed QRT. However Sunday evening I listened and heard KC4D calling the VA QSO Party. I repeated my call several times and he graciously returned to make the contact. I was running about 2.5 watts from the FT-817.